Day one: Arrive in Katmandu and transfer to the Everest Hotel.
In the evening there will be a dinner with folk dancing and music.
Day two: I lead us on a tour of the Katmandu valley and
visit the Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Hindu temple with its
cremation ghats, and my favorite, Syanboudhanath, the "Monkey
Day three, four and five: We fly to Lhasa over the imposing Himalayas
and a chance to view Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Makalu, Shishapangma
and the triple summit crown of Kangchenjunga. In Lhasa we will catch
our breath and tour the sights of this ancient city. In Lhasa we
will visit the Potala and Norbulika palaces, Drepung and Sera Monasteries,
Jokhnag (the Sistine Chapel of Tibet)Temple and Barkhor Bazar.
six: We pack up our gear and board our Landcruiser for the road
to Shigatse. In the morning we visit Khumbhum Stupa and Phalkor
Monastery at Gyantse. Then after a two hour drive we arrive at Shigatse
and tours of The Tashilunpo Monastery and the Tibetan Market.
Day seven: A long day winding through the empty plains.
From Shigatse to Xegar is about eight hours of driving but we cover
only 244km. Along the way we will take time to eat and stretch our
eight: From Xegar we travel over rough roads to Dza Rongphu. We
are now on the road to Everest!
Day nine and ten: Today we arrive at the famous Rongbuk
Monastery and will make our camp here. After several long days of
travel it will be nice to take short day hikes and watch the endless
play of light across the north face of Everest. For those who are
feeling fit Everest Base Camp is an optional hike of just two hours.
Day eleven: Bid farewell to Rongbuk, after loading
the Landcruiser we bounce our way to the town of Tingri. Tingri
is the home to the Crystal Cathedral, an ancient fortress built
more than 500 years ago.
Day twelve: the road takes us over two
spectacular passes, the Lalung La and Nalamu. We reach the Tibet/Nepal
border and spend our last night in Tibet.
thirteen: We cross the border, wait until you see this stretch of
road, and drive to the village of Dhulikhet. The hillsides are now
green and the difference in terrain is striking.
Day fourteen: We
stay the night at the Hotel in Nagarkhot surrounded by moist air
and views of the south face of Everest.
Day fifteen: Before we complete
the return drive to Katmandu and the Everest Hotel and if time allows,
we visit Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve. Once back in this bustling
city, do not be surprised if your wishes were those of being back
on the Tibetan Plateau.
Day sixteen: After a leisurely breakfast
we will tour the 16th century village of Baktapur and return to
Katmandu for an afternoon of shopping. In the evening we will have
a farewell dinner. This is a good opportunity to exchange address
if you haven't already done so.
Day seventeen: Transfer to the airport
and begin the journey home.